Before traveling abroad, a travel assessment by a trained clinic nurse can provide information and help you identify the best ways to prevent travel-related illnesses.
Butte County Public Health offers timely information about health-related risks while traveling abroad. Travel services are available by appointment at the Public Health Clinic in Chico.
Ideally, set up your appointment one up 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks. If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still consult the public health clinic. You might still benefit from shots or medications and other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.
Be sure that you and your family are up to date on your routine vaccinations. These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States. If you are not sure which vaccinations are routine, look at the schedules below.
The following are some frequently recommended travel immunizations and links to information about them:
Note: Immune Globulin may be given in addition to hepatitis A vaccine, or instead of hepatitis A vaccine for children under age two years who are too young to receive the vaccine.
Inactivated polio vaccine is recommended routinely for children up through age 18 years. IPV may be given to certain adults age 19 and older depending on their travel plans.
Yellow Fever vaccine is required by International Health Regulations for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. The Public Health clinic can help you determine if a yellow fever certificate is required and can issue the certificate if necessary.